Exploring the impact of Trauma on Therapists: Vicarious Resilience and related concepts in training

2010Hernalndez, Gangsei, Engstrøm

An integrative training framework articulating multiple perspectives on the impact of trauma work is offered with a training/supervision exercise to address the complex and systemic relationships that affect therapists in both positive and negative manners. The concepts of vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, compassion fatigue, resilience, posttraumatic growth, altruism born of suffering, and reciprocity are reviewed. The paper highlights the importance of vicarious resilience as a dimension of experience that counteracts the normally occurring fatiguing processes that trauma therapists experience.

Key wordsCompassion Fatigue / Secondary traumatization / Vicarious trauma